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Memory: Martell Cognac and Janelle Monáe Spotlight Harlem Renaissance Art Icon Lois Mailou Jones

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Martell Cognac and singer-songwriter Janelle Monáe have come together to spotlight the legacy of the Harlem Renaissance art icon, Lois Mailou Jones. The legendary artist, who passed away in 1998, was a pioneer in the world of African American art and her work is still celebrated today.

Jones was born in Boston in 1905 and grew up in a time when opportunities for black artists were scarce. Despite this, she pursued her passion for art and became one of the most influential figures of the Harlem Renaissance. Jones’ work was inspired by the vibrant colors and patterns of African textiles, and she often incorporated these elements into her paintings. She also drew inspiration from her travels around the world, including visits to Haiti, Africa, and Europe.

Jones’ work was characterized by a strong sense of cultural identity and a desire to challenge stereotypes about African Americans. She used her art to highlight the beauty and strength of her community, and to celebrate the achievements of black people throughout history.

Martell Cognac and Janelle Monáe have partnered with the Lois Mailou Jones Pierre-Noël Trust to honor the artist’s legacy and introduce her work to a new generation. The Pierre-Noël Trust was established by Jones’ niece, Pierre-Noël Jones, to preserve and promote her aunt’s art. The Trust also supports educational initiatives that promote art and cultural diversity.

Credit: The Loïs Mailou Jones Pierre-Noël Trust
Credit: The Loïs Mailou Jones Pierre-Noël Trust

As part of the partnership, Martell Cognac has created a limited edition bottle featuring Jones’ artwork. The bottle features one of Jones’ most famous paintings, “Les Fétiches,” which was inspired by her travels to Africa. The painting depicts African masks and sculptures, and is a powerful representation of the continent’s rich cultural heritage.

Janelle Monáe, a longtime admirer of Jones’ work, has also lent her voice to the project. In a statement, she said: “Lois Mailou Jones was a visionary artist who used her talents to elevate the black experience and inspire generations to come. I am honored to be a part of this project and to help introduce her work to a new audience.”

The partnership between Martell Cognac, Janelle Monáe, and the Lois Mailou Jones Pierre-Noël Trust is a powerful tribute to a legendary artist whose impact on African American art cannot be overstated. Through this partnership, Jones’ work will continue to inspire and educate people around the world, and her legacy will be celebrated for years to come.

Lois Mailou Jones was a pioneer in the world of African American art and her work is still celebrated today. Her legacy has been preserved by the Lois Mailou Jones Pierre-Noël Trust, and now, through a partnership with Martell Cognac and Janelle Monáe, her work is being introduced to a new generation. The limited edition bottle featuring Jones’ artwork is a powerful tribute to her contributions to African American art, and Janelle Monáe’s involvement in the project is a testament to the impact that Jones’ work continues to have on contemporary artists. Jones’ work is a celebration of the beauty and strength of the black community, and her legacy will continue to inspire and educate people around the world.

Martell Cognac and Janelle Monáe Spotlight Harlem Renaissance Art Icon Lois Mailou Jones

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